Drivers 'busy eyeing up road users'

Flirty drivers may be risking their own safety and that of others, warns a study which found nearly three out of five motorists drive inattentively because they are too busy eyeing up fellow road users.

Common forms of distraction include winking, hooting and blowing kisses to other motorists, says the Autoglass company which carried out the survey.

Among the less-subtle approaches are mooning, holding up signs and even leaping out of a car to get into another person's vehicle.

More than two out of five drivers admit to returning the attentions by winking back, while a fifth have blown kisses in return, and 11% have handed their telephone number to admirers.

The poll of 3,000 motorists found that Scottish drivers are most likely to be flirty, with 30% having eyed up other motorists.

Drivers from East Anglia and south-east England also find attractive road users a distraction when at the wheel. As many as 27% of 18 to 24-year-olds eye up other motorists, while only 10% of over-55s do so.

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